LA Tidbits: Original is Better


 

Firstly: WHY WASN’T THIS BROADCASTED?

Does it get any bigger, louder or more fierce on the WTA than Sharapova v Azarenka? Maria came out the victor, 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2.

 

Must admit – I didn’t see this coming. Don’t know why I would ever pick against Maria Sharapova, but I did: Azarenka’s form has been steadily rising this year, and Maria is only playing her 6th tournament since coming back from shoulder surgery. Most rational people would’ve picked Vika.

 

NINJA!

 

In Maria’s own words:

 

“I knew I was going to have to dig deep and try to find ways,” said Sharapova. “I’m pretty happy with the way I was able to hang in with her and really step up when I had to. That was the difference between us.”

 

 

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At the end of the day, Sharapova didn’t win 3 slams by accident. She shares the same quality with the likes of Serena and Roger – even when they’re not playing their best, they takes what you give them and find a way to win.

It’s a quality that I’ve yet to see in Victoria Azarenka, who tends to take a more self-destructive path when her game isn’t working the way she wants it to. She’ll learn, no doubt, but at her age, Maria already had 2 slams. Mentally and temperamentally, Azarenka ain’t no Sharapova.

Original is better.

 

 

In other results:

Sorana Cirstea took out C.Woz 1-6 6-4 7-6(5). That sucks, to be quite frank. 

Urszula Radwanska upset the Jacktrabbit – Dominika Cibulkova – 6-4 6-7(6) 6-4, and will play Li Li Na Na (who defeated A.Woz 4-6 6-4 6-2). What’s up with Cibulkova? I don’t think she’s won a match on hard court yet

Nadia Petrova took 3 sets to beat Shahar Peer 6-4 2-6 6-3, and Agnieszka Radwanska is still rock solid, eliminating Ai Sugiyama 6-2 6-1. 

 

Off-topic: Venus Williams relaunched her site. I demand that you go check it out now. 

 

The Original,

Dootsie

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7 responses to “LA Tidbits: Original is Better”

  1. TopSpin says :

    It seems every player I bandwagon on, finds the need to go up in flames.

    I’m in the doldrums re Dominka’s recent form, as I think she’s great for tennis, and perhaps because of her height, plays a slightly different game.

    As for Woz, I’m beginning to feel she’s reached the limits of her current game. Fantastic heavy backhand, but otherwise little more than a controlled, non-threatening, well-rounded game.

    She needs to step out of her comfort zone.

    • dootsiez says :

      Too right, Topspin. CWoz lacks a big weapon in her game, she might be ranked high for her age, but some of the other girls in her generation – Lisicki, Cirstea – have more weapon and riskier games.

      I dont know where she’s going to go from here. I think she might take on a style more like Clijsters/JJ in the coming years. Hope she finds ways to improve, cos I’m starting to like her a lot.

      Really don’t know what’s going on with Domi, I “hope” she’s injured, in that there is actually an explanation for not winning a single match since Wimbledon.

  2. Tashi says :

    I’m officially on the Masha Comeback bandwagon. Respect The Pova. That is all.

  3. jenica says :

    You are certainly Original Dootz and FF of GTT too.Thank God You two are unlike some bloggers whom i had the misfortune of stumbling on to. Luckily, i discovered the best among the Rest!

    Original is Better and certainly Masha, Serena and Roger are!

  4. kc says :

    You are certainly Original Dootz and FF of GTT too.Thank God You two are unlike some bloggers whom i had the misfortune of stumbling on to. Luckily, i discovered the best among the Rest!

    Original is Better and certainly Masha, Serena and Roger are!

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